Italy to increase lockdown till ‘at least’ April 12

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Italy on Monday prolonged the coronavirus lockdown till “at least” April 12. The virus has up to now claimed 11,591 lives.

Business closures in addition to the ban on public gatherings had been to run out on April 3. However, well being minister Roberto Speranza introduced that “all containment measures would be extended at least until Easter”, or April 12.

Prime minister Giuseppe Conte mentioned that the near three-week shutdown “had been very tough economically”. “It cannot last very long. We can study ways (of lifting restrictions). But it will have to be done gradually”, he mentioned.

The nation has up to now reported 101,739 instances and 11,591 deaths from the virus. Authorities have introduced a every day loss of life toll of 812 deaths in 24 hours.

However, there may be an encouraging fall in new instances, which suggests the measures are working. The variety of individuals at present constructive within the hardest-hit Lombardy area has decreased (25,006 on Monday in comparison with 25,392 on Sunday). The variety of cured sufferers throughout the nation (1,590) has by no means been so excessive in a every day report.

All non-essential industrial and retail exercise was shuttered greater than two weeks in the past. Last week, the federal government expanded the obligatory closure of nonessential industrial actions to heavy trade, sparking fears of wounding an financial system that already was on the point of recession.